2017 Summer Internship Program Application

Deadline extended for 2017 summer Traditional Percussion Internship!  Develop real art skills, learn how you can use the arts to have a positive impact in the community, gain job experience and walk away with some cash in your pocket. Join us for an internship Traditional Percussion/Composition/Performance this June, earn $425!

Apply by Friday, May 26! Applicants must attend an interview on May 26, 4–5PM.

Summer 2017 Online Internship Application

Have you ever thought about a career in the arts? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun way to earn some money over the summer while doing something that matters. Through these internships at Youth Art Exchange, you’ll develop real art skills, learn how you can use the arts to have a positive impact in the community, gain job experience and walk away with some cash in your pocket.

10-12 Students will be accepted into each of the following internship tracks (read descriptions below):

  • Filmmaking
  • Traditional Percussion/Composition/Performance
  • Printmaking
  • Architecture 

WHERE: The program will take place at Youth Art Exchange at 29 Howth Street in San Francisco; but you will also spend a significant amount of time working off-site meeting professional artists and working in the community.


      1. You must be between the ages of 14 and 17 and attend public high school in San Francisco. (We will accept exiting 12th grade applications. However, we will not accept rising 9th grade applications).
      2. Ideal candidates are focused, community engaged and artistically inclined. YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL WORKDAYS: Monday, June 5 – Thursday, June 29  Monday – Friday, 10AM-4PM (June 28th and June 29th will have different schedules for events) 
      3. All students are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to students who have previously participated in a Youth Art Exchange class or internship.
      4. Gallery Exhibition: Wednesday, June 28th, 3-5PM (Internship 11-5pm)
      5. Artist Panel & Performance: Thursday, June 29th, 5-7PM (Internship 1-7pm)

Interns will receive a $425 stipend after the completion of the internship as long as they have fulfilled all of the internship requirements, which includes attending all workdays. If interns miss a workday, they will not receive a stipend.

How to Apply:

      • To apply to this internship, you must submit a written application. Applications are due to the Youth Art Exchange office no later than Monday, May 15th at 5pm. 
      • All candidates must also attend a Group Interview on Wednesday, May 17th (4:00-5:00 PM).
      •  All accepted candidates will be notified by Thursday, May 18th  .
      • Acceptance to this internship is based both on your written application and your interview. Download and fill out this YAX 2017 Internship Application, pick up an application at our office at 29 Howth Street or apply online at the form below.


Faculty Artist
: Kali Gordon

Reimagining the space around you, and creating something that shifts the way people interact in that space is an incredibly powerful process for anyone. In this internship you will get paid to learn fundamental design and building skills and use them to create a small architectural project that explores new ways to occupy public space: encouraging people to linger and play, facilitating interaction, and improving our city.

Faculty Artist: Matthew Brown

Filmmaking empowers young artists by allowing them to combine visuals and sound to express their point of view. Our summer internship is an intensive course introducing the basics of filmmaking using dedicated video cameras, professional lighting and editing equipment. Interns will work independently and together to produce short films. For their final project, each student will create a portfolio ready short video piece that expresses their creative voice and showcases their technical skill.

Faculty Artist: Hyeyoon Song

Our printmaking engages young artists in learning how to create and print their own designs using multiple printmaking techniques including screenprinting and relief printing. In partnership with the Mission Cultural Center’s Mission Grafica, our young printmakers work in a professional print shop to collaborate with community partners around creating images to support issues and campaigns, as well as develop individual pieces to share (and sell!).

Faculty Artist: Alfie Macias + guest artists from SFJazz

Music moves us all, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work as a professional percussionist, you should consider applying to this internship. As a percussion intern, you will gain experience in identifying and understanding different musical genres, their origins and cultural significance (Cuban, Brazilian, American Jazz, Pop and more). In this internship, you will get a chance to learn from professional musicians from SFJAZZ. You will learn what it takes to be a professional musician, work with other performers, and learn and maintain instruments.